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Posted by on Jun. 23, 2011 at 1:58 PM
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Hi I'm ashley mom to 3 boys (4,2,9 m/o). I have one year until my oldest will start kindergarten and I want to take this time to dive right in to homeschooling. We are taking a camping trip this weekend and I thought what a great way to start. I feel so overwhelmed like I don't know enough to teach them the things they need to know. So what type of things would you teach your kids on a camping trip. I really want my 4 y/o to learn the basics of photosynthesis. How would you explain this to a very smart 4 y/o. I also thought it would be a good time to learn about the solar system. My only other idea was a lesson about our senses. How do I know what they should be learning? Is there a age by age outline that shows you the right things to teach. Thanks so much I feel so overwhelmed with all of this
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by on Jun. 23, 2011 at 4:40 PM

 I'd start by getting a nature guide, and some library books (not like, in depth science books, but kids type books that are factual) on the subjects you want to talk about.  A nature guide is a pretty good start though (also available at the library).

If you can't get those materials, do you know much about nature yourself?  I'd just start small.  Point out things you know, let them explore, let them get dirty!  :) 

We saw some mushrooms in the yard the other day, and Julia asked if we could learn about them this year.  Absolutely!  So I'm going to get a couple kids books on mushrooms, and google them.  LOL 

Stars/astrology is perfect for a camping trip, and this weekend is going to be AWESOME as far as weather is concerned, I hope the clouds cooperate. 

Where are you going camping?  We're going to Brookville Lake resort tonight through Sunday. 

by on Jun. 23, 2011 at 4:43 PM

 BTW, you know PLENTY!  Don't doubt yourself mama.  And anything you don't know, you can learn right along side of them!

Don't overwhelm them with super big terms right off.  Start basic (the sun goes into the plants leaves...) and then build on it.  (I do believe in using proper terminology with kids, and using new vocabulary, but I also believe in starting basic and building that vocabulary a little at a time.  Science has a lot of new words.  You know your kids and what they can understand :)

by on Jun. 23, 2011 at 5:15 PM

 on the camping trip i'd start out with where you are going first on the map, teach him north south west and east, even if he doesnt get it, its ok, just do it casual, at night lay down on the ground or on a tarp or sleeping bags and look at the stars, tell him what you know, fish with him, hunt grasshoppers with him, look for animal prints or signs of an animal, the seasons arent changing yet so maybe wait so he can see them change before the photosynthesis, teach him how to pick a spot for the tent, teach him about some berries, dig for worms, maybe use a drawing pad and sit and see what you can see and draw flowers, bugs, etc. gather wood for a fire with him, if you know any wild herbs or plants show him those, let him make a boat out of a piece of wood and float it in the creek, can teach him about certain indian tribes of the area, build the kinda home they lived in, look for the stuff they ate, make the kinda clothes they wore, make a bow and arrow, use the plants to make face paint, using the senses he can smell the wood burning outside , smell the fish that you will catch, the plants, his stinky feet!, let him sleep outside in the open, take lots of pictures, teach him how to take pictures, be sure to just let him play!!  its fun to do nature study while camping!

here is a scoope and sequence of what a child at certain age or grade might learn, but you dont have to do this its just suggestion.


all this can be done naturally not as a forced thing. make sure he and you are having fun, the other kids will want to join in!

by on Jun. 23, 2011 at 5:32 PM

Not sure what state you are in but my state has a Junior Rangers program. It is something that you can do on your own time. If your state doesn't have something like this then you can print out a Georgia Ranger book here-

by on Jun. 23, 2011 at 10:32 PM
Thanks for the great suggestions. @ nikki- we are going to winton woods. We go all over throught summer and fall. We love camping
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by on Jun. 23, 2011 at 11:56 PM

What does a 4 or 5 year old need to know that ypu can't teach him? Really? Does he need to know calculus? or how ot preform brain surgery? No. Anything he needs or wants to know, you probably already know or can easily find out through google or a book, right?


My best suggestion-find out what he wants to know. Answer his questions, observe him and his interests and place thing around him and offer him things that you think will interest him.

SCM has an awesome living book finder for any subject/topic that I love to use.

You'll do fine mama. Welcome to the homeschooling lifestyle

Sonita-Homeschooling mama to Ephram (7) & Malachi (4)
Forgive any typos-I have a broken finger!!!


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by on Jun. 24, 2011 at 1:49 AM

All good stuff you've gotten here. I'd add, cater to what he's interested in and take time to answer all his questions. Spark convos and let him lead the way! Introduce him to anything you think he might take intrest in or be able to do with minimal help; get messy, make mistakes, have fun trying and have a great camping trip :)

by on Jun. 24, 2011 at 7:10 PM

I agree with MommaChell here... good stuff said :)  Have a great trip!!!  Btw WELCOME!!!! :)

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